MAYPEARL — The residents of Maypearl have rallied around the McAfee family after their home was lost in a fire on Friday afternoon. Donations are being collected to aid the family in their time of need.

Scott Otto, co-owner of the Maypearl Roadhouse, said they want to do what they can to help the family because they understand how devastating a fire can be. The Ottos’ lost their restaurant, the 1879 Chisholm Grill, in downtown Waxahachie in a fire in 2011.

“It is a small and tight-knit community. Everybody pretty much looks out for everybody. These little towns pretty much take care of their own,” Otto said. “We are going to accept new toys wrapped or unwrapped. We can do the wrapping and get that to them. We are also are collecting clothes, blankets, canned goods, gift cards, and monetary donations also.”

Otto said the best way to contact him is through the restaurant’s Facebook page Maypearl Road House. Other donation sites in the city include Maypearl Hay and Feed located at 310 S. Main Street and Maypearl City Hall located at 104 E. Second Street. All three locations are located in downtown Maypearl.

Emergency responders were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 12:06 p.m. in the 400 block of West Fifth Street. When units arrived on scene they found fire coming out of the two of the front bedrooms.

Ian Storm, Maypearl Fire Department EMS Chief, said firefighters faced several difficulties on this call.

“We were trying to get water on the fire. We had some issues with water supply. We had power lines fall from the front of the house. Ammo started going off inside the house. The propane tank on the front porch that was connected to the grill started going off,” Storm said. “We were able to get in there and get the gas off. The power company showed up and disconnected the power line. From there it has been a defensive fire the whole time.”

Storm stated that due to the nature of the fire firefighters did not enter the home but fought it defensively. The fire did spread to a garage next to the home, but crews were able to extinguish it before it entered the structure.

The two residents who were home at the time of the fire were out of the structure when firefighters arrived on scene. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office and has not been determined at this time. Providing assistance on the call were members of the Venus, Ovilla, and Emergency Service District 6 fire departments.

An account for the family has been set up at the Cowboy Bank of Maypearl, which is located at 100 S. Main St. in downtown Maypearl.

Ellis County resident Krystyne Hill has also set up a Go Fund Me page titled House Fire to aid the family during this time.

“It sudden of an impact when the mother got the kids out of the house she didn’t even have shoes on her feet. Her car keys were left in the house," Hill said. "She had her cell phone and was able to call 9-1-1 a few times. They literally have nothing but the clothes on their back. There are three little boys. Anything helps the family. If all you have is a prayer to offer than that is more then enough.”

To make a donation people can go to the Cowboy Bank of Maypearl or through Go Fund Me at